Deira Private School

Principal's Welcome Message

DePS Principal

It is my privilege to be the Principal of Deira Private School. I started at the school in August 2019 and immediately felt the warmth and spirit of our vibrant school community. We are a school where wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do. Children smile and laugh each day as they learn and are encouraged to achieve their full potential.

A little about me; I am British; born, brought up and educated in South Wales, UK. I received my teaching degree with honours from the University of Wales and began my teaching career in London, England. I have been a teacher and school leader for more than thirty years and I have worked extensively in the UK and all over the World. Over the years, amongst my many roles, I have been a principal, headteacher, educational adviser and a school inspector. I am married to my lovely wife Laura and we have two young children we are very proud of; Nia aged 10 and Isla aged 7 who also attend DePS. I am passionate about the education of children. I see this profession as a vocation. I love teaching and I strive to nurture that love of learning in those I work with in my schools. I am committed to raising standards for all students whilst ensuring that the education we provide is creative, challenging and exciting. I will work tirelessly for the children entrusted to me.

In my time at the school, I have overseen many changes. In our last KHDA inspection we improved in many areas and we were particularly praised for our protection, care, guidance and support of students. We received a parental satisfaction rating of 99% for the quality of education.In these challenging times, we maintain high quality provision both in school and for our distance learners. In our recent distance learning evaluation, we were granted the highest rating of “Developed” which puts us amongst the best schools in Dubai for our online provision.

To be truly effective, it is crucial to engage everyone in the educational process. At Deira Private School, we have a school team committed to raising standards and providing a rigorous and innovative education for your children. We believe education must involve a close partnership between school and home.Working together we can really fly.

At DePS, we follow the National Curriculum for England. The British educational system, at its heart, is about striking a balance between both excellence and enjoyment. It is rigorous and structured and has very high expectations of all students. In best practice, it is also enjoyable and exciting. Students are engaged in stimulating and thought-provoking activities that develop enquiry and a thirst for more knowledge. It inspires students to love learning. Deira Private School is fully committed to the UAE National Agenda 2021

There is a word in the Welsh language that does not really have an English equivalent. The word is “hwyl”. It is a word that needs to be said with passion… HWYL! If you look it up in a dictionary, it is translated as “a stirring feeling of emotional motivation and energy”. I endeavour to build some hwyl into education; to instil this quality throughout the school and to make education even more passionate, engaging and exciting. Students should love every single day of their education. As a school, we at Deira Private School aim to make this a reality.


- Neil Morris
Principal, Deira Private School